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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has Resigned

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has Resigned

Pruitt wrote: “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally [and] my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”

Scott Pruitt has resigned from his post as administrator of the EPA. President Donald Trump took to Twitter, saying he accepted Pruitt’s resignation and that Pruitt’s deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over.

Here is Pruitt’s letter:

Pruitt found it “extremely difficult” to step down from his role, but “the unrelenting attacks” on him and his family “are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of” them.

A New York Times article reported that Pruitt faced “13 federal inquiries into his spending and management practices.” From Fox News:

Earlier this month House Democrats asked the Justice Department to investigate Pruitt for potential criminal conduct, alleging that he repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his government position for personal gain. They cited the condo arrangement as well as Pruitt directing an EPA aide to contact a senior Chick-fil-A executive as part of an effort to land his family a franchise, and a $2,000 payment to his wife from organizers of a conference Pruitt then attended at taxpayer expense.

Pruitt had also faced questions about his frequent travel, spending between $2,000 and $2,600 on first-class plane tickets back to his home state of Oklahoma.

Another controversy saw Pruitt come under fire for allegedly approving pay raises for two of his staff members using a little-known provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act after the White House refused to sign off on the increases.

When asked about the raises by Fox News this past April, Pruitt said he had just found out about them and was taking action to correct them.

The media has piled onto Pruitt since his confirmation at the beginning of Trump’s administration and seemed to have a new scandal attached to Pruitt’s name every week. It got so out of hand that I didn’t know which ones to believe or not believe. I also hold government workers in a very low regard, think they’re all corrupt, and honestly believe his “scandals” (especially the wasting of taxpayer money) probably happened under previous administrations.

But we all know that the media has take a sudden interest in its own job to keep the government in check after an eight year vacation (except for a few).


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I like Scott Pruitt and wish that he had been able to stick around awhile longer, undoing the hideous atrocities afflicted against America by the EPA.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to NotKennedy. | July 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Here’s praying that Andrew Wheeler is 1000 (thousand) times harder on the Watermelon nuts (Green Red communists).

    MarkS in reply to NotKennedy. | July 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    According to the blogasphere Pruitt will return, replacing the fired Jeff Sessions with no need for Senate re-confirmation

      Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | July 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      I don’t think he can do that, once he’s resigned. For the president to temporarily move him into the vacancy without confirmation, he has to be “a person who serves in an office for which appointment is required to be made by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate”. Once he’s resigned he’s no longer such a person.

      Also, there’s a 30-week time limit on such temporary appointments.

Wheeler will probably be even more effective at the job than Pruitt was, but I will miss seeing the left and the never-trumpers twist themselves into knots howling about how much they hated Pruitt.

Scott Pruitt has been a target since the day he took office. If you don’t think that the Left was after his SCALP, then you think George Soros is destined for sainthood and only helped confiscate Jewish property during WWII as a KINDNESS to the Jews!

Note how they’re going after Jim Jordan and how they went after Ben Carson’s WIFE for the stupid conference table and chairs!!! The SWAMP is trying to protect itself and, given the involvement and BIAS of the FBI and intel agencies, I have no question that information, accurate or not, is funneled to whichever Soros group (CAP, etc.) will pursue Trump’s appointees. Notice how it is all COORDINATED- NO ATTACK IS EVER JUST AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.

WHO WILL BE NEXT? Nick Mulvaney?

When will the GOP grow some balls and start “investigating” the financial crimes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid (how DID he become rich), Chuck Schumer, etc.? Do we need to start confronting Kirsten Gilibrand at dinner? Maxine Watters and her husband definitely deserve financial scrutiny as does Sheila Jackson Lee and her husband.

    RobM in reply to AmandaFitz. | July 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely they’ll got after Mick. Pruitt was #1 though.. he was goring the agency that must not be questioned and the science is settled and chock-full of progressive koolaide drinkers.

    Milhouse in reply to AmandaFitz. | July 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Soros is certainly no saint, but he did not help the nazis. The accusation is a vicious lie, and it is not OK to repeat it just because his political views are different from ours. It is just as wrong as the crazy lies the barking moonbats make up about people on our side, which we resent so much. (Bush got Iran to hold on to the hostages till Reagan got in, Nixon sabotaged a Vietnam deal for LBJ, Prescott Bush was a Hitler supporter, the whole Bush/TANG libel, Quayle sold drugs, all the stories made up about Palin, etc.)

      V.Lombardi in reply to Milhouse. | July 6, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Soros admitted an association with Nazis, as he admitted asking his father to kill himself, … that makes you incorrect.

buckeyeminuteman | July 5, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Sounds like as good a time as ever to shut the whole agency down. I don’t like people and companies dumping waste into my water and air, but there has got to be a more manageably-sized office that can do that work. Make it happen Trump!

My concern is that the Left will see this as a victory and increase their attacks on other members of the administration. You never satisfy giving spoiled children what they want because they will simply demand more.

I understand why Pruitt resigned, but this is particularly bad news.

God bless you, and thank you.

What do we know about Andrew Wheeler?

    The left hates Wheeler just as much, and since he may be even more quietly effective than Pruitt was.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Pruitt make a run for Inhofe’s Senate seat in 2020, if Inhofe retires. Inhofe will be 85 at that point.

Subotai Bahadur | July 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm

The Left will up the ante with more and more attacks on families of appointees. They will get more violent. They will eventually kill or cripple someone.

Either the administration will start enforcing the law against the Left, or violence will be returned and expand. There is no middle ground between the two.

Remember, the survivors among the winners write the history.

Weak fool.

He’s just sent a giant signal to the left that personally harassing somebody until they resign works.

The next EPA head is going to have it 10x worse.

    inspectorudy in reply to Olinser. | July 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Because of this weakling, the rest of Trump’s nominees will be savaged by the left who, like sharks, smell blood in the water. Think about the men and women in combat and how they don’t have the option Mr. Pruitt had. Poor baby, he was assaulted in a restaurant by a woman holding her baby! Anyone can talk and act tough but it is the people who are tough that show us the way.

As I pointed out earlier, any nominee to SCOTUS is going to have to be tough enough to weather this stuff, whatever his other credentials and qualifications may be.

But it’s worse than that. Any appointee to any office will have to be tough.

JohnSmith100 | July 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Remember how the Palestinians and their black allies were so exuberant? Then Trump was elected, and the embassy moved, more recently Obama AA BS, was rescinded. Both Palestinians and American blacks have received major blows. Both, along with the other recessive solders deserve more of the same.

This is not good. The haters can’t be allowed to win. But it’s easy for us to say he should have stuck it out; we’re not the ones suffering from the harassment. If this genuinely came from him and not from the White House, it’s hard to tell someone that he must sacrifice himself and his family for a principle. But did it? Or did those around Trump let him quietly know that they wanted him gone, that he was an embarrassment they didn’t want to deal with, etc? None of us know that.

    MSO in reply to Milhouse. | July 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    In Viet Nam, there were many thousands of Marines who were ready to die for the cause; of course, they only had to serve 13 month tours. Many though, served longer tours or more commonly, multiple tours of duty.

    We called that ‘serving our country.’ Today’s bureaucrats call their occupations ‘serving our country.’

      Milhouse in reply to MSO. | July 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Pruitt’s seen more enemy fire (if less deadly) in the last year and a half than most servicemen saw in Vietnam. More importantly, his family’s been catching it as well; no servicemen had to put up with that.

      Close The Fed in reply to MSO. | July 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you, MSO, for that salient comment.

      No question, the civil servants glorify themselves too much, and fail to honor the combat soldier enough.

I really am disturbed by this. I see the left doubling down on their actions, which apparently are working. Why are the left being allowed to get away being thugs who are allowed to destroy others because they work in the Trump Administration?

If there are no consequences for these actions they will keep happening, and we will lose this republic to a thugocracy.

Srsly, Pruitt was one of Trump’s best appointments.

Pruitt had some good instincts, but was as swampy as they come. And did just bizarre crap that should have been setting off “career ender” alarms all over the place.

    As much could be said of Churchill and FDR. Sometimes we just have to overlook the bad by appreciating the better. In matters of the EPA, is a little easier to rationalize the benefits v pettiness.